Animals Today August 14, 2021: Coexisting with coyotes with Dr. Robert Reed. Our most beloved animated animals. Successful and safe road trips with cats.


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The show kicks off with a talk about coyotes with Robert Reed, DVM, Medical Director at VCA Rancho Mirage Animal Hospital in Rancho Mirage, California. Coyotes are one of the most maligned animals in the US. Yet, despite systematic abuse and eradication efforts, their range is bigger than ever. Coyotes have a long history living near people and are extremely adaptable. Trying to better understand coyotes will allow us to live amongst them more harmoniously.

As members of the dog family, coyotes may see domesticated dogs as competition, as threats or as potential food. Cats, of course, may be seen as prey. A basic rule is that to avoid conflicts with coyotes is not to attract them into your environment. Don’t leave food out or feed wild animals and take care with bird feeders and feeding feral cats.

Dr. Reed offers specifics on how to make the areas around your home less inviting to coyotes, explains what to do if we encounter a coyote while out walking our dogs and much more. Lori and Robert also discuss coyote killing contests and other cruel means to attempt to reduce coyote populations, which although ineffective, continue to be practiced.

Then, Snoopy, Garfield, Tom and Jerry, Nemo, Simba, and others make appearances in Lori’s tour of animal animation, offered as a joyful distraction from our troubled world.

We conclude with world-renowned Integrative Veterinarian and author Dr. Carol Osborne, who gives solid guidance on traveling by car with our cats. It can be accomplished with relative ease with a little preparation.

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